SHOWCASING BOBAL, THE SEA CHANGE ORGANIC RED
Bobal is a lesser-known grape variety but is a rising star of the red wine world and rightly so! Hailing from the sun-soaked vineyards of Valencia, Bobal is a dark-skinned wine grape variety native to this part of Spain. There is a growing appreciation for Valencia as a wine region, and at Sea Change Wine, we love trying varietals that offer a big flavour punch. Our organic red wine, made using the Bobal grape, fits the bill perfectly.
THE BOBAL GRAPE VARIETY & ORIGIN
Sea Change’s first organic red wine is from Utiel Requena, located at the westernmost point of the Valencian province. This has been a winemaking area since the 7th century. In fact, Bobal makes up over 70% of plantings in the region and is a distinctive, dark-skinned wine grape variety native to this area. It’s very exciting to be bringing this variety to a wider audience of wine lovers who are looking for something new and fun for their tastebuds.
The name Bobal, pronounced ‘bow-bal’, comes from the Latin word ‘bovale’ meaning bull. This reflects the fact that the Bobal grape cluster is tightly packed in a very distinctive shape, which looks like a bull’s head.
We have carefully selected vineyards which use traditional and sustainable growing and harvesting methods, resulting in an amazing organic, vegan wine - you can almost taste the Valencian sun in each glass!
FOODS TO PAIR WITH BOBAL
Our organic Spanish wine balances intensity with the vibrant flavours of red and black fruits such as cherry, raspberry, and blackcurrant. With a deep ruby colour, this wine is full bodied with high tannins and a beautiful long finish.
Given its provenance, Sea Change Bobal makes the perfect partner to Iberian specialities such as paella, rice stews, chorizo and charcuterie. It’s also a great match to chargrilled vegetables and, for cheese lovers, try a glass alongside Manchego.
The sea otter features on the label of our organic red wine. The sea otter is an endangered species, having been hunted extensively for its pelts. It’s one of the smallest marine mammals on earth, but the largest member of the weasel family.
Sea otters float on the ocean waves in groups that are called rafts. These rafts are usually gender-based, and sea otters also like to hold ‘paws’, to allow them to keep their delicate paw pads warm.
As well as being very cute, sea otters play a critical role in the ecosystems in which they live such as kelp forests and estuaries. Sea otters help keep urchin populations in balance and, in turn, the kelp forests flourish. Given they are such amazing animals, it’s no surprise that we’ve chosen to feature them on our organic wine labels.
WHY ORGANIC WINE?
For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. We know that our organics range delivers on taste and quality, in addition to providing the eco credentials that many people are looking for. You can find out more about the benefits of organic wine here.
PUTTING BOBAL IN THE SPOTLIGHT
We are delighted to bring our organic Bobal to a wider audience. As well as being delicious, like the rest of the Sea Change range, this is also an eco-friendly wine. For every purchase, we donate to our charity partners across the globe, helping to protect our oceans and the marine life within it, such as the sea otter. With over €150,000 raised to date, it’s the perfect combination of a wine that tastes good and does good.